Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Giraffe born at Toledo zoo won't go on exhibit for a while


While April did not 'deliver, ' the park says they are still confident in the health of both mom and baby. Otherwise, "she is very much herself". Animal Adventure Park officials will not rush this process.

April will wean her calf for six to 10 months before it will be moved to another facility to avoid incestuous mating. People who've visited the park in previous months knew of April's pregnancy and the park has been receiving inquiries about her giving birth.

"Does this "live stream" of that giraffe have ads and stuff on it?"

It appears April has always had a loving, motherly side to her, although that was hardly in question.

Both the Toledo Zoo and the Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom welcomed baby Giraffes this week.

April's shape is changing. The zoo said the calf was doing well, but would not be on public display until late May.

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Here we are, a week later, and still no giraffe from April. Animal Adventure Park officials can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species. However, April is still pregnant.

On Friday, a weekend birth seemed like a sure thing, with her keepers posting, "All observations, behavior, and predictions suggest a calf today, tonight - we would be shocked to get through the weekend without our newest addition". Act for Wildlife says the numbers of giraffe are less than 80,000 in the wild - down from 140,000 15 years ago.

The zoo's director of animal programmes, Terry Webb, said the birth went well and that having examined Kipenzi "the calf looked strong and alert and bright the next morning".

It's been more than a month since the park shared the news of April's impending birth with the world, via social media. This will be his first calf.

"Orla delivered her youngster smoothly following a four-hour labour; bringing an end to her 15-month pregnancy", the Chester Zoo said. They drink water once every few days; the leaves provide hydration.

Her calf - which will weigh about 150 pounds and measure about 6 feet tall - will come out front hoofs first and begin walking 30 minutes to an hour later, according to Animal Planet.

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